Key Week for Farm Bill

Dan Farm Bill, Industry News Release, Legislative

key weekIt’s a key week for the 2018 farm bill. House and Senate staff and principal negotiators are trying to bridge differences in time to pass a compromise bill back through both chambers and get it on the president’s desk by the end of the month, when the current law expires.

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Andrew Walmsley, American Farm Bureau Federation farm bill adviser, remains optimistic after last week’s only required public farm bill meeting of House and Senate negotiators.

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Walmsley echoed comments from last Thursday by Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts, who cited a pathway to overcome the most nettlesome House-Senate difference over tightened food stamp work requirements in the House bill. He says the key drivers for a farm bill remain: the clock and the need.

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Walmsley said progress has been made in weeks of behind-the-scenes talks. He says Congressional Budget Office cost-scoring may be needed on some items, but if those are the types of issues outstanding, there’s reason for optimism to complete a farm bill by the end of September.

Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasters